ALGIERS – Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah received several ambassadors, on Tuesday, at the Presidency of the Republic, who handed him their credentials as new ambassadors accredited to Algeria.
The Head of State received, in the presence of Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, the ambassador of the Lebanese Republic, Mr. Mohamed Mahmoud Hassan who greeted, in a statement to the press, “the deep relations” between Algeria and Lebanon, and their “concordant” political positions on international issues, expressing his wish to strengthen these relations in the political, economic and cultural spheres.
The Lebanese diplomat announced, on this occasion, that the Algerian-Lebanese Business Council “will soon see the light of day”, noting, in this context, the ongoing preparation of several agreements in the sectors of culture, commerce, education and non-double taxation in addition to creating a free trade zone between the two countries.
For his part, the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, Mr. Peter Elsner-Macjay, affirmed that his country was “a reliable partner of Algeria, even before its independence”, welcoming the “significant” progress the country knew.
Expressing Austria’s wish to contribute to Algeria’s socio-economic development through a “greater win-win partnership”, he recalled that the two countries were “united in the context of their multiple relations” to find solutions to major challenges, such as; “peaceful resolution of armed conflict, equitable development …”.
For his part, the ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Aymen Djamel-Eddine Abdelfattah Mechrafa, welcomed the quality of the “historical” relations between the two countries as well as their cooperation in international fora.
Talking about the economic side, the Egyptian diplomat said that despite “difficult conditions” in the region, trade and investment between the two countries are changing, adding that the two countries face “great challenges”, stressing on the imperative to expand bilateral cooperation in the political, economic and cultural fields.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Ilija Zelalic expressed his readiness to strengthen bilateral relations.
He stressed, in this regard, his willingness to “work for the development of tourism and agricultural sectors in Algeria, given the great experience of his country in these areas that contribute up to 20% of GDP of Croatia”.
For his part, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Abdelaziz Ben Ibrahim Hamad el-Omairini wished “more development and prosperity to the Algerian people”.
The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Brazil, Mr. Flavio Marega, has welcomed the “excellent” relations that bind the two countries in the political and economic fields since independence, saying that Algeria “is the second most important trading partner of his country in North Africa and the Middle East “. Trade between the two countries reached $ 3.5 billion in 2018, he said.
Algeria and Brazil have put in place “several political mechanisms, such as strategic political dialogue and the joint commission encompassing various ministerial sectors”, he said, citing also the realization of many joint projects, including “training trainers “in the field of crafts.